Ali’s research includes the study of various mechanical and energy systems with a specific emphasis on mining and petroleum industries. His research team focuses on developing novel solutions for maximizing energy efficiency, improving system performance, preventing waste of energy and replacing fossil fuels with renewable energies. Their work involves both analytical and experimental studies of heat transfer, fluid mechanics and transport phenomena and includes substantial numerical simulations as well as laboratorial and site experiments. Their emphasis is on application of geothermal, wind and solar energy systems in mining and petroleum as well as other industries as well as developing new waste heat recovery and energy storage systems. The eventual goal is to use an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to help industries to improve their processes, cut their operating costs and reduce their environmental footprint.